Day 9 – Autobiography

TODAY’S NUDGE: Share something you’ve created that feels like it’s a part of your autobiography.

For some years now, I have been working on my family tree.  It’s an on again, off again project because I tend to get so frustrated.  Shaking the tree for the nuts to fall out, so that I can make rhyme or reason out of all of it can drive me….well….NUTS!

Most of my family records it seems is over seas.  Much of it in Poland, some probably in Ukraine.  I’ve been told the Ukraine records if they still exist would be most likely difficult to access.  I’ve tried contacting some Polish parishes years ago for information, but I never heard back from any.  My aunt tried and they immediately asked for a donation.  I think she sent something, if I recall, and then never got anything.

I’ve pieced together some of my paternal line on my great-grandparents.  I actually have baptismal certificates in Latin that show additional names.  I had it figured out once, but I can’t find my notes anymore as to the who’s who.  So when I have the patience, I will have to do it again.  But I believe it tells my great x4 on one and x3 on another.  Which if I am understanding it right is pretty darn cool!

I would really like to get my DNA done to see what all it shows.  But it hasn’t been in the budget, at least not yet.  Hopefully one day I can do it.  I’m really curious to find out what all I really am in my heritage.

I would like to do all this and leave this legacy for my girls and for any children they may have.  I know once upon a time they were curious, maybe they still are or maybe they will be.  Either way, it’s something I want to leave them with someday.

As for creating, I created scrapbooks.  One for my mother’s side, one for my father’s. Back when I made them, I was a consultant with Creative Memories so I was able to feed my habit.  I just never got around to finishing the pages I was making regarding my step-grandfather. (adds to the “to-do” list.)

How are you creating your autobiography?

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. angelsloveyou
    Sep 09, 2017 @ 20:33:59

    I would like to have my DNA done too. My Great Grandfather wrote a book about our family and it’s interesting. i created a Grandmother Remembers book for my Granddaughter with pictures telling who the people are and other things. It’s been fun. I hope you can get more information for your Family Tree.

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    • TheForgottenMuse
      Sep 09, 2017 @ 21:13:43

      I have a small booklet that my aunt through marriage compiled. It talks a little bit about my maternal grandfather’s side.
      I’ve documented as much as I could in the scrap books I made.
      That is very cool that your Great Grandfather wrote about your family. I wish someone from the past had taken the time to do that. Even if it was just about names, dates, and places, what people did, etc.

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  2. Judith Liebaert
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 07:10:11

    Funny (in the odd sense) story. I’ll try to make it short. Good friend for many years, Ojibwe heritage. I am French Canadian on mother’s side. One day having coffee in her dining room after she’d put up many family pictures. I ask her about one. She says her great grandmother. I say she could be my grandmother’s twin, what was her maiden name. She says Dresser. WOW. I remember my mother talking about a woman of that name. She says, what was your grandmother’s name. Maiden – Doucette, married – Hachey. She smiles, gets up and leaves, comes back with a family history her cousin compiled. Branched full of my family names. We have not been able to find the one that links us, but it was so surprising to realize that we came from the same trunk of that tree.

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  3. Zoë
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 10:09:49

    My uncle did the work on my dad’s side of the family. The family name comes originally from Germany. I think they left there around 1840ish, went first to Russia (unless they were in one of the places that changed which nation it was in over time) and then later came to London.

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